Hawaii Music Monday: GRLFRNDS

“It’s a long and complicated story about how the punks took over the dance floor and the dance floor took over the punks.” So says the blurb on GRLFRNDS’ Myspace page, which also… Continue reading

This Week in Honolulu

News: The Star-Bulletin’s owner bought the Advertiser David Black will try to find a buyer for the Star-Bulletin, or otherwise shut the paper down. This doesn’t look good; Honolulu is looking like becoming… Continue reading

Hawaii Music Monday: The Hell Caminos

The Hell Caminos are a Psychobilly band whose music mixes rockabilly, punk and swing. Band members are Michael Camino (upright bass), Nick Danger (guitar), and Handsome Jack (drums). From January 2009 they took… Continue reading

Tokyo Movie Locations

The city itself is cinematic and is familiar even to those who have never been there; we can all picture walls of neon lights, screeching advertisements blaring from giant video screens and a… Continue reading

I <3 Chinatown

Hell Caminos show at the Loft on Friday; recovery Saturday. The Hell Caminos are a local rockabilly band that sing songs about Chinatown and half-Korean girls. I got the scoop on the local… Continue reading

“The Great Happiness Space:” A Review of a Host Documentary by a Former Hostess

The idea of a host or hostess club may sound strange to Westerners, yet Japan counts hundreds of such clubs as part of its broad mizu-shobai (nightlife) industry. The role of a host… Continue reading

Diamond Head Lighthouse

A Swedish sailor, known as “Diamond Head Charlie” raised his daughter alone here–his Hawaiian wife had died four months after childbirth. He served at the station for thirty years, until his death in… Continue reading

Eddie Went

Story at BootsnAll

Matsumoto’s on the North Shore

Only the very early or the very lucky arrive acquire a Matsumoto’s shave ice without standing in a line that stretches out the door, bumping into tourists snapping pictures of the store’s yellow… Continue reading

Nimis in Ladonia

Ladonia is a micronation within a Swedish nature reserve, founded by the artist Lars Vilks to house his two sculptures–Nimis and Arx–that had been declared illegal by the local council. To get there,… Continue reading